If you were to ask us about a question we get all the time, you might expect to hear “what exactly will I see on my tour?”, or, “does the Duck REALLY go into the water?” But one thing we get often, especially towards lunch and dinner time, is, “what’s a good place around the Ducks to eat?!”
To save you time looking up types of cuisine, reviews and pictures (that last one can get especially distracting), we’ve rounded up 10 great places by our Seattle Center location for a bite to eat.
Everyone loves having lots of options, and that’s exactly what you’ll get at The Armory in Seattle Center. The Armory houses around 15 different restaurants that make food fresh and fast, and offers food court style seating. From bubble tea to fish n’ chips, there’s something for everyone in the family!
Greek food by a Greek family while Greek shows play on the television and Greek tunes waft over from the radio… it doesn’t get more authentic than that! At Grecian Corner you’ll find staple dishes like gyros (shaved meat), spanakopita (spinach pie) and avegolemono (lemon chicken soup). We recommend the Greek fries which come topped with feta.
This Wolfgang Puck restaurant may be small but each of his dishes packs a big punch of flavor. Get items to-go from their take out menu or dine-in on salads, sandwiches and their daily special. The baristas make fantastic espresso drinks, but for those looking for more adult beverages, sit at the bar to browse their cocktail list.
Two Thai restaurants right by each other with authentic food? What a dream! It was hard for us to pick one of these restaurants over the other, so we’re mentioning both. They both offer great lunch deals (a pad thai and chicken dish option at Mantra or a soup, rice, pad thai and main dish combo from The Golden Singha) while still having plenty of regular options available.
This tiny shop located just two blocks from us down Thomas Street serves delicious regional Chinese fare that’s as genuine as it is tasty. They’ve got a variety of savory and sweet steamed buns, noodle dishes and hot soups. You can adjust the level of spice in the dishes to your liking, so go ahead and try something new!
Loved by kids and adults, red sauce or white sauce, meat or no meat- pizza is THE crowd-pleasing meal. At Zeeks Pizza you have all previously mentioned choices plus funky bases such as peanut sauce or pesto and dressings for the top like raspberry vinaigrette. Choose from any of their house crafted pizzas or build your own to your preference.
Famous for their weekend brunch (you definitely need reservations), Tilikum Place Café is still a great place to dine any time of day. They’re known for their “Dutch Baby”, a delicious, fluffy, oven baked pancake with savory and sweet options. Lunch and dinner offerings vary with influences from French, Italian and Mediterranean cuisine.
The 5 Point opened in 1929, and according to their website, “we’re now the longest run family eatery in Seattle and the oldest bar still in existence in Belltown.” They’re open 24/7 and their full menu is served at any time (yes, you can have breakfast at 8pm!), which is part of what makes them so distinct.
When you see pictures of the food at Triumph Bar you might think we’re sending you somewhere super fancy. But- surprise! The food at Triumph is not only beautiful and tasty, but affordable. You’ll find classic American dishes and inspired Italian eats (including plenty of cheeses and meats for a fantastic charcuterie board).
You can’t come to the Pacific Northwest without trying local seafood. Taylor Shellfish Farms grows some of the region’s most delicious mollusks, from oysters to geoduck (pronounced GOOEY-duck), all in the waters of the Puget Sound. Each section of their menu offers unique hot and cold preparations of ocean ingredients that are fresh and seasonal.
Some of the best Cajun creole food in Seattle is at Toulouse Petit. Your taste buds will be transported to New Orleans as you try re-invented classics like the crawfish and wild shrimp beignets, jambalaya and barbequed shrimp over grits. Make sure to take a look at their Big Easy inspired cocktail list for tasty southern style drinks.
Bonus mention: if you’re tight on time and need something more filling than a tasty snack from our gift shop, we’re located directly across from a McDonald’s. It’s great for food on the go and if you’re in a hurry before or after your tour!
*Did you know? Some photos that appear on this page are public domain! Neat!